One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 NFL draft was the fact that Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray went undrafted. Bray didn't need to wait long before his unemployment status changed.
UPDATE: Saturday, Apr. 27, at 12:05 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
NFL Draft Bible supplied a possible reason for Bray's flip from Miami to Kansas City:
Appears Chiefs anted up more signing bonus money and Tyler Bray has decided to go to Chiefs instead of Dolphins.— NFL Draft Bible (@NFLDraftBible) April 28, 2013
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UPDATE: Saturday, Apr. 27, at 11:05 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
QB Tyler Bray, undrafted out of Tennessee, has agreed to a deal with the Chiefs, according to a league source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 28, 2013
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Tyler Bray signs with Dolphins as undrafted free agent.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) April 28, 2013
No word just yet on the terms of the deal.
Bray will join Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and Pat Devlin as quarterbacks on Miami's depth chart. Although Tannehill has the reputation of Miami's quarterback of the future, Bray has the physical tools necessary to thrive at the next level.
Playing in the vaunted SEC, Bray threw for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on a completion rate of 59.4 percent in 2012. As a testament to his strength and mobility, Bray was only sacked eight times all season.
While questions remain about his decision making, Bray's size and elite arm strength were expected to be intriguing enough to lead to his being drafted.
For perspective, ESPN's Scouts Inc. had projected Bray as a third-round draft choice to the San Diego Chargers. They weren't alone, as a majority of evaluators believed him to be intriguing enough to go in the middle rounds, at the latest.
Bray proceeded to go undrafted.
Bray topped 400 yards in three games this past season. That includes a monster performance during a 55-48 win over the Troy Trojans, as Bray threw for 530 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Unfortunately, Bray's draft stock was damaged by the fact that his Volunteers went 5-7 on the season.
During his final collegiate game, Bray threw for 293 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on 20-of-34 passing in leading the Vols to a 37-17 home win against the Kentucky Wildcats.
It's now time to see whether he can translate those abilities to the NFL.